Villefranche-de-Lonchat: the short film screened “at home”

Villefranche-de-Lonchat: the short film screened “at home”

One of the scenes was shot at the end of 2021 at the bar “Le Bateleur” in Villefranche-de-Lonchat.

The screening of the short film “How birds would fly away” will be screened on January 14 at 2 p.m. at the “Le Bateleur” bar. Film by Sébastien Urbain and Quentin Iacono shot largely around Villefranche-de-Lonchat (24), the Center Hospitalier de Vauclaire in Montpon-Ménestérol (24), Gensac (33) and in the Landes (40).

A scene had also been filmed at the bar “Le Bateleur” As Sébastien and Quentin explain: “We are two high school friends and adventure partners, passionate about literature and cinema. For about three years, we have been making our mark in the world of artistic creation, through various projects and training. We are writing our second short film here. Initially, we wanted to write a “Feel Good” comedy with old people in the form of a road movie. To write it, we were freely inspired by the privileged relationship that a member of our team had with an elderly lady in the nursing home where he works. She was a rather mischievous and virulent woman, but also particularly touching. We therefore tell the story of a young nurse out of school who joins an Ehpad. Clean on him, zealous, formal, Simon will meet Madeleine Boyer, a resident close to death who decides to treat herself to a last meal outside by stealing a car. Simon, trying to hold her back, finds himself embarked in spite of himself on Madeleine’s adventure. He will, thanks to her, reconnect with his desire to live, his spontaneity and his freedom.»

This film was written during the period of curfew and confinement, a particular period conducive to writing where writing seemed to them a good alternative to confinement. They therefore imagined in the middle of all this a space and a moment of freedom, and decided to offer it to those who we too often hear say that they are locked up, namely people residing in nursing homes. The directors’ wish was therefore to take on a worthy representative, a woman who, through a strong appetite for life and an unfailing determination going beyond obligations and rules, will manage to change the life of a young man full of principles who paralyze it and prevent it from moving forward. It was a great collective adventure that set in motion almost 40 volunteers from and around the two production associations in the area. This film is the first co-production between Hemera Production and Electrique Caravane and officially marks the long-standing collaboration and friendship between Sébastien Urbain and Simone Cinelli, here director of photography/cinematographer. Free admission.

Monique Cezac


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